Stephen and his wife Linda live in Kirkham and for 13 years Stephen managed the Face To Face Homelessness Charity merging it into Fylde Coast YMCA some ten years ago. As Housing Director at the YMCA, Stephen was responsible for developing various community projects including The Credit Union and Fylde Counselling Service.
Reflecting on his former appointments in East London and Newcastle-on-Tyne of working as Methodist Minister, Hospital Chaplain and part time tutor with the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield, Stephen is clearly committed to encouraging individuals and communities to be honest about their hopes and needs and finding how faith in God can help them be met in Body, Mind and Spirit.
|Stephen is our Minister but is already known to us and well known on the Fylde Coast having lived and worked in Fylde for 18 years and prior to that he was a Minister in Blackpool.|
2020 a new decade! Many are glad that that the political impasse of 2019 is behind us as we enter a decade that will reshape Britain’s identity - what will shape us?
Until a couple of weeks ago I thought the statue in Piccadilly Circus was that of Eros but listening to Great Lives on Radio 4 I found it is not Eros but Anteros, the Greek God of requited love or ‘love returned’. Even more fascinating is finding that it bears an inscription written by the then Prime Minister, William Gladstone, dedicating the statue to the memory of someone ‘who for over half a century of public life had devoted the influence of his station, the strong sympathies of his heart and the great powers of his mind to honouring God by serving his fellow men…’
I was driving at the time but the programme had caught my interest so much so I went on iPlayer and listened fully to the conversation about Lord Shaftesbury with his Great Grandson, Matthew Parris and Jeremy Paxman.
They spoke of how the Victorian Politicians numerous and wide-ranging social reforms transformed working and living conditions for impoverished children, miners and chimney-sweeps alike.
They recognised how the Christian faith was central to Shaftesbury’s life. Despite the lack of love from his mother and the hardship he experienced, the passages of the Bible read to him by his Nanny influenced every sphere of his life. He was a serious politician concerned with principle not party line, an example of how to live and work in 2020.
The love of God is more than an emotion, it is the guiding principle of life not to be refused!
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